Friday, May 2, 2014

Blocks of the Month Progress And More

April has come and gone and I am a bit late posting progress on my blocks of the month.  First up are the blocks from Kathy Schmitz's "Simply Red" book that I am doing in blue.  I decided to finish all the machine applique blocks instead of doing just two.  Next up will be the pieced blocks for the setting.
I made another block for the "Piece and Plenty" basket quilt.  I did not care for the block 4 basket design and did not use it in either of the first two of these quilts that I made.  I used a Jan Patek design and altered it somewhat so it would fit the 12 inch block space.  I also made the filler blocks but am not showing those.

I made my first basket blocks for Jan Patek's  "Hearts and  Flowers" quilt that I am working on.

The last thing I am sharing today is how I decided to finish the large bird block I made a while back.  I used a free pattern called "Lydia's Dowry".  It is a medallion style pattern.  I used stash to make the applique center block.  I don't have enough of the fabrics that I used to continue making the complete quilt pattern and really never intended it to be a large size.  I started with the blue French General blue alphabet fabric as a border.  I sewed it on and then decided it just was not working.  I took the border pieces off and then added the red flange.  If  I would have had more of the blue alphabet fabric, I would have added a slightly wider red border first but since I had used all the blue and could not make longer border strips, the flange was all I could do.  The dark brown border came next since it was similar shade to the darker brown applique pieces.  And it had a pinkish red and a similar blue.  I am happy with the result.

That is all I have to share today.  Back to the sewing room.
Karen

25 comments:

julieQ said...

Oh, Karen, I love each and every one of your projects! But your bird block, which I printed out at the time you first showed it, is just wonderful! Congratulations on a wonderful finish!!

WoolenSails said...

You really have been busy, all beautiful projects and all beautifully done. I like how you used the blue and how they look like paper cuttings.

Debbie

Colleen said...

Lovely! You are stitching up a storm :o)

Rebecca in AK said...

Those first blocks look really intricate! You did a beautiful job on those! Love the flower baskets of course. The little quilt with the bird is lovely! The borders look just right. You have been really busy!

Rebecca in AK said...

Those first blocks look really intricate! You did a beautiful job on those! Love the flower baskets of course. The little quilt with the bird is lovely! The borders look just right. You have been really busy!

Dorothy said...

All your projects look lovely.

Janet O. said...

The blue/white blocks are so striking! Definitely my favorite two color combination!
Love the "Lydia's Dowry design. Your fabric choices are spot on--that red flange is an excellent addition. And I love the background fabric--ticking, or just a look alike?

Carmen y Prady said...

Karen que bonitos bloques. Me encantan las telas que has puesto de fondo de los bloques, son preciosas.
Un beso

belarmina said...

maravillosos trabajos otra vez
¡¡¡las cesta preciosas!!!
saludos

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

Wow, they're all such beautiful pieces! I like the addition of the red flange on the large bird block ... that bit of red adds a little pop without overpowering the piece. Gorgeous!

Quilt Hollow said...

You need to sleep! LOL!

You know me...loving all if it! The last little basket with berries.....OMG just too stinkin cute. I went online to see pattern and found I liked this block more than the quilt with hearts. But that's me...it is cute.
The black blocks would look good too with Little Black Dress by Moda that is out and very hot right now.

Keep churning them out...love seeing them...and get some sleep!

Cheryl said...

Your circles are so perfect! Do you have a tip to share?

Me and My Stitches said...

Wow! I'm always amazed by your talent - your applique is just wonderful. Love the intricate blue and white blocks - that is going to be a really stunning quilt. I love the bird block too - great background and the borders worked out well!

Angeliasue said...

Thanks, Karen for the Piece & Plenty block idea.

moosecraft said...

These are gorgeous! Your stitching is so precise... those berries are perfectly round! I can't wait to see the piece and plenty one all together! It's going to be an heirloom quilt for sure!

Cathy said...

Karen your work is beautiful. I always want to work on what your are working on...lol. I am such a fan of baskets and I absolutely love the bird block. Hugs

Karen said...

The medallion quilt is looking so cute!!

Every Stitch said...

Wonderful projects- I especially love how your indigo appliqued blocks are coming along - just love them all!

Nancy said...

Great blocks Karen, the medallion quilt with the bird is just lovely.

Lori said...

Love the blue and white blocks, especially!! They are all beautiful!

Aunt 'Reen said...

All of your applique' blocks are beautiful! Your large bird block is gorgeous!

StitchinByTheLake said...

I don't think I've seen these Kathy Schmidt blocks before but they are wonderful in blue! blessings, marlene

Dawn said...

Fantastic projects. Really like the indigo blocks, such detail. Have a great week!

audrey said...

Oh my. I always fall in love with your beautiful work! Those indigo blocks are especially intriguing.:)

Kellie from Indiana said...

Love all of your projects! The blue one is going to be a stunner!